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Every Friday (until December 18) at the Esplanade between 12:15PM and 12:45PM, you can check out some live music by local musicians. It is free and you are encouraged to bring your lunch and hang out for a bit by the Esplanade Cafe.

Esplanade Toons At Noon - September Flyer

Esplanade Toons At Noon - September Flyer

September schedule:

September 11, 2009
Michael and Daphne van der Sloot
Violin and Viola

September 18, 2009
Leslie Anne Bowyer

September 25, 2009
Tim Herman
Jazz Guitar

For more information call Cheryl 403.502.8787.

Joe Rogan Poster

Looks like we are playing catch-up with listing some of the popular/big events happening in the near future. Joe Rogan will be stopping by in Medicine Hat for his recent stand-up tour. Rogan is mostly known today as a UFC commentator, and previously as the Fear Factory host, but he is also a stand-up comedian with tons of performances under his belt. His performances are usually jam-packed with very mature content, so for that reason I won’t embed any videos for your amusement, but there is tons of his stuff available on YouTube including some very funny heckler dissing routines.

The event is presented by ROCK 105.3 and will be happening at the Esplanade Theatre on October 3rd, 2009 at 8:00PM. Tickets will be $42 each (or $48 for VIP) and are available online at or at the Medicine Hat Mall ticket kiosk.

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This weekend is heritage day long weekend and as part of the celebrations, The Esplanade is hosting a public one-day festival on Saturday, August 1st from 10AM to 4:30PM. In Alberta, Heritage Day is a civic holiday celebrated on the first Monday in August to increase community awareness of Alberta’s heritage and to celebrate the history of the province.

Heritage DayMore than 30 heritage groups and organizations are participating in this year’s festival that will be performing various events scheduled throughout the day including:

  • Live Entertainment on the Outdoor Stage
  • Historic Walking Tours at 11AM and 2PM
  • Doll-making workshop from 11AM – 3PM in the Discovery Centre
  • Quilt Display and Vintage Vehicle Display
  • Heritage Skits, Readings, Movies and Jiggers in the Studio Theatre
  • Free Admission to the Galleries including the exhibit “Playful Revelations Toys: 1880 – 1980”
  • Live Chess Demonstrations at the Giant Chess Board
  • Local Community Heritage Showcase, and Showcase by local Toy Collectors

For more information, view the Heritage Festival section at the Esplanade website or download the brochure (PDF).

Terra Rogowski wrote in with:

The Esplanade Museum opened a new exhibition yesterday that features a century of classic toys from 1880 to 1980.

Playful Revelations uncovers the stories behind a century of classic toys, like Teddy Bears, Meccano®, and Mr. Potato Head, as well as some toys that are unique to Medicine Hat. The accompanying text helps visitors explore what these toys say about the social conditions during which they were made, and how they contributed to the social development of our society.

“Toys are a child’s ‘tools of the trade’ in learning how the world works, so we wanted to pay homage to their contribution in shaping our society into what you see today,” says Tim McShane, Curatorial Assistant with the Esplanade Museum.

Most of the toys featured in the exhibition are selected from the Esplanade Museum’s collection of more than 25,000 artefacts. Curatorial Assistant Tim McShane spent the past two years selecting and researching the toys for the exhibition. This included interviewing artefact donors and toy collectors, and even studying a bit of sociology to understand the toys’ impact. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Bif Naked (Beth Torbert) Live - Photo from MySpace

Bif Naked (Beth Torbert) Live - Photo from MySpace

Bif Naked, popular Canadian rock band is scheduled to rock the Esplanade June 22nd, 2009 at 8:00PM. The show will be all ages and will cost $32 a ticket. I also wanted to mention how illogical it is to have these kinds of shows at the Esplanade, I mean, there’s no standing row, it’s all seated. Prepare to “rock out” or dance whilst sitting! But all that aside, it’s nice to see a band like this coming to Medicine Hat as always. Beth Torbert and her band, Bif Naked has been touring to promote her newest album entitled “The Promise”.

I started listening to Bif Naked back when she/they released “I Bificus” in 1999 when I heard the song “Spaceman” plastered all over Much Music at the time. I was also into a lot of other rock bands at that time as well like The Tea Party (ugh) and Smashing Pumpkins so I was digging Bif Naked as well. In the recent years I haven’t really kept up with her music other than listening to the casual single off of each new album. Videos and links supplied after the jump.

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Since most things we post about on Medicine Hat Media are up and coming events or news articles, I thought a post about things to do in Medicine Hat all year-round would be a nice deviation. Here is a short compilation:

Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre offers 4 pools, including a wave pool, lane swimming pool, and a deeper end to accommodate the three diving boards and rope swing. The pool also offers a water slide, steam room, adult hot tub, and a warmer pool for babies and younger children.

Shortgrass Library is a spacious library consisting of thousands of books, magazines, audio tapes and CD’s, spread over multiple floors. Also offered are meeting rooms that include room enough to seat people comfortably, Internet connections, projection screens and whiteboards. The library is not just used to sign out books, but also offers TV, VCR/DVD, overhead and slide projectors, and theater LCD projector rentals.

Medicine Hat Menus is a menu website that includes a very large assortment of restaurants in Medicine Hat. Their slogan “Decide before you dine” is nothing short of the truth, as with nearly 30 menu listings and 150+ restaurants listed you do not have to drive around wondering where to go. The website provides users with the address and phone number of any restaurant in its listing, and also provides menus for the restaurants who allow their menu to be posted online with the website, which is very handy when ordering. Coupled with Medicine Hat Menus, MH Restaurants is a sister-site and provides reviews for many restaurants in the city. Check them out to see what people have to say.

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I felt kind of guilty by not posting this before with my Mary Anne Barkhouse posting on February 12th. At the time, I didn’t even know Dean Francis was also having a show on the same night. Well, no problem – you might have missed out on the reception but his work is still being displayed until April 1st, 2009.

Light Magic - Dean Francis, 2009 - Photography via the Esplande site

Light Magic - Dean Francis, 2009 - Photography via the Esplande

His work involves very technical, almost photo realistic oil paintings about wildlife, nature, and the open landscape. In some instances his brush strokes appear to be looser on some paintings, especially when painting grass and tree branches, but in other cases, when he is painting clouds and animals, they seem very detailed and the brush strokes are not as apparent. I believe all the paintings he has in the Esplande are new works from 2008 and 2009.

Dean Francis has been painting for over 30 years, being outside recording and analyzing the landscape, nature and the animals in the outdoors. His paintings are very vibrant which is odd considering much of the subject matter that some would consider “the boring prairies”, but I think he captures the settings in his own “light” and conveys their real beauty without being over the top.

Esplanade Entry
Official Website

Lindsey Sine from the Loudly Whispered Theatre writes into us:

From the people who brought you Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol last December comes one of David French’s most beautiful stories about the Mercer family. Loudly Whispered Theatre is proud to present Soldier’s Heart by David French. Set in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1924, the play focuses on the young son of a soldier who fought in World War I. The boy confronts his dad to relive the horrific memories of war on July 1, 1916 that still haunt and torment his father eight years later.

Soldier's Heart. Courtesy of Loudly Whispered Theatre

Soldier's Heart - Courtesy of Loudly Whispered Theatre

Soldier’s Heart runs in Medicine Hat, AB at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in the Studio Theatre with four nightly shows and four matinees. Showtimes are Friday April 24th at 8:00 PM, and a matinee on Saturday & Sunday April 25th – 26th at 2:00 PM. Then Thursday, Friday & Saturday April 30 – May 2nd at 8:00 PM, and a matinee on Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd – 3rd at 2:00 PM. Cost to see this play is $24.00 + S/C, GST. Seniors and Legion Members $20.00 + S/C, GST. from April 24-26 & April 30-May 3. Purchase tickets by calling 403-502-8777 or online at

Mary Anne Barkhouse is having a reception for her recently set-up Esplande exhibition tonight entitled “Boreal Baroque”. This exhibition is filled with lots of animal-related imagery and sculpture (much like her other work). In this installation, she is taking her animal vision and placing them in an odd juxtaposition: seventeenth century ornamentals and furniture. The title itself alludes to Boreal Forest while Baroque refers to the seventeenth century court of Louis XIV.

Still Life with Owl, 2007 - Photography courtesy of Esplanade

Still Life with Owl, 2007 - Photography courtesy of Esplanade

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC and is a graduate of the New Media program at the Ontario College of Art. Her work has been shown throughout Canada over several years and she has picked up a couple collectors a long the way.

Reception admission is free and the event itself will officially start at 7PM. The exhibition will remain viewable until April 1st, 200.

Read/view more here:

Esplande Entry
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries


Dean Francis:Light Magic will also be in this showing until April 1st.

Just a reminder, the reception for Whole Being starts at 8PM on Thursday, January 22 at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. Most of the Visual Communications staff will have entries in, and being seasoned artists in their prime, you can expect a good show.

Admission is free, there also will undoubtedly be some free foods and drinks for all who attend.

Whole Being Artists - Image found at

Whole Being Artists - Image found at

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